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SD 7, NYM 3: Friars strike back and split series

Good things come in pairs.Three two-run Padres innings pile on the runs against the Mets, splitting the series.

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If there's any such thing as the opposite of a shutout, it would probably look something like this. After getting blanked for 7 innings last night to drop a 4-0 series opener, the Padres bounce back and take it to the Mets hard and early. Fifteen hits and seven runs did the trick, as Tyson Ross and his crew knocked around Bartolo Colon.

Ross snapped into form tonight, only allowing one run on a solo shot over 5 innings. Before being pulled, Tyson was able to mow down the New York lineup, only allowing 2 hits and striking out 5. After being plunked on the butt with a comebacker, Ross started feeling some tightness in the leg and cheek, which was enough to warrant him being pulled for the remainder of the game to allow him and his goatee a well deserved rest. The 7 runs of support helped with that decision a little bit too.

Those seven runs came in the form of two home runs, four RBI-singles, and a sacrifice fly. Things started in the first with Matt Kemp lining in Will Venable. Justin Upton launched one far enough to then bring Yangervis Solarte home on the sacrifice. The following inning, Venable and Solarte returned the favor by driving in RBI-singles of their own. The next inning? Back-to-back home runs from Upton and Yonder Alonso. The fun didn't stop there though, and by the 6th inning Upton drove in one final run for good measure.

The Mets retaliated throughout the game with sporadic home runs. Three separate home runs off of Ross, Kevin Quackenbush, and Marcos Mateo. These solo shots did little to dent a lead more padded than Friar-friend Alex Torres' hat. With the help of some great defense up the middle between Jedd Gyorko and Alexi Amarista, and Austin Hedges gunning down Curtis Granderson, the Mets couldn't get much going in their favor.

It's tough to go to bed on this win, knowing that A.J. Preller won't be sleeping a wink. A lot of these well-performing Padres are seemingly up for grabs right now, doing well to display their value in today's lopsided victory. We got to see Venable go 2-5 and Solarte go 4-5, Kemp was 1-3 and Upton 3-4. Alonso had a 2-5 night, and Gyorko was 2-4. Amarista was the only Friar not to have a hit, with Hedges going 2-4 as well. Even Ross laid down a great bunt that got a RISP home.

We also got to see this:

Tonight's catcher Austin Hedges (aka the @burgerking) makes his way onto the field in New York

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Tomorrow, Andrew Cashner closes things out in Citi Field opposite Jon Niese. A win in tomorrow's 9:10 AM PST start will give the Padres the opportunity to finish out the month with at least a .500 July record. A win against the Marlins in the series opener would make July a winning season.

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